One coalminer to another

by John McCrindle This is the text of an undated pamphlet written by my maternal grandfather, John Cree McCrindle (1897-1982), probably around the time of his wife Lily's death in 1956, to commend and share his Christian faith with fellow workers in the coal mines in Ipswich, Queensland. Dear Comrades, For the past thirty-four years …

Developing my critical thinking skills

In my last post, I suggested that critical thinking is “a complex process of deliberation which involves a wide range of skills and attitudes,”[1] and that it requires effort and patience, but improves with practice. In other words, it is an important set of skills that can be learned. Good critical thinking skills are an …

What is critical thinking?

The ability to think critically, and the freedom to do so, are essential elements of good theological education – and of any modern democratic society. Theological students are expected to be active critical thinkers, and to develop their critical thinking skills in the context of their studies and in daily life.   The word “critical” …

Five more steps to better memory recall

Learning isn’t just about memorization, but we rely on memory and the ability to recall memories every day. Academic study places extraordinary emphasis on memory recall. In my previous post, I outlined five steps to improve your memory recall as you study. Here are five more steps to improve memory recall.   Write it down …

Five steps to better memory recall

We all rely on memory and the ability to recall memories every day. Academic study places extraordinary emphasis on memory recall. Here are five simple steps to improve your memory recall as you study.   Break information into smaller chunks A lot of what we read and hear in academic contexts is complex and potentially …

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